Heloisa Siffert - CSI, Senior Instructional Support Specialist
Heloisa began working at the Graduate School on July, 2001. Heloisa brings a wealth of experience in the areas of graphic design andmultimedia to to GSMT's ITS department as well as to SUS.
Heloisa was born, raised, and educated in Brazil. She alsospent four years studying in England before returning to Brazil. Heloisa holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial Design and Computer Graphics, respectively. She has a strong technical background having utilized both Mac and PC systems and software packages such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Director, and Flash. Having worked in Brazil as a graphic designer on a wide variety of projects including designing and developing web sites, video illustrations, virtual reality, and print publications. Some samples of Heloisa's art from that period are included in this article. In addition, Heloisa taught college-level classes including Introduction to Computer Graphics and Graphic Communications.
In August 2000 Heloisa moved to the United States with her husband and two sons. Prior to joining UMUC's Graduate School, she served as a web designer and consultant. She also participated in a few online classes to become more knowledgeable about effective online course delivery systems and methods. Heloisa was attracted to UMUC because of the opportunity to pursue her interests in both web design and distance education.
In addition to working closely with ITS (previously MTS) faculty members teaching online, Heloisa is involved with a number of Graduate School-wide distance education projects. These include the development of learning objects for online classes, shooting and editing video clips for online classes, providing faculty training and development opportunities, departmental websties and other special projects. She enjoys collaborating both face-to-face and online with the Graduate School's highly diverse faculty and staff members. Heloisa's goal is to facilitate faculty members' mastery of the technical tools at their disposal in order to empower them to create content-driven, visually exciting online classrooms. It is clear that UMUC's online faculty members and their classes will benefit greatly from Heloisa's efforts.